I've mentioned before that I love smoothies because it's the easiest way to get an adequate amount of fruits and veggies into my diet. It's not always easy to eat several cups of leafy greens each day, but there's a simplicity to just blending them up with fruit and drinking them in minutes. What's even better is you can customize your smoothies to fit whatever your body needs. For fertility, it's important to get lots of healthy fats (avocados), hormone balancing foods (maca root powder), and alkalizing foods (spinach). Here's how these foods can improve fertility...
Superfood Smoothie Benefits
- Avocado: Folic acid and fat are your friends with this ingredient. Avocados are loaded with healthy fats which play a large role in the endocrine system. The endocrine system regulates hormones involved with fertility, so good fats are very important! It's also worth noting that avocados are high in protein. They also help the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins when eaten together.
- Banana: Most commonly known for high levels of vitamin b6, banana is great for fertility because vitamin b6 helps regulate your hormones. It can also help lengthen your luteal phase if you suffer from luteal phase defect. Bananas are an excellent choice for potassium which is essential for healthy fertility. A potassium deficiency is linked to decreased fertility.
- Spinach: Greens are the key to healthy fertility and creating an alkaline environment. There are too many essential vitamins and minerals to count in this superfood!
- Maca Root Powder: This South American super food contains 31 different minerals and has been scientifically linked to enhancing fertility. The most important benefit as it relates to fertility, is that maca has the ability to affect both men and women's hormones without actually containing hormones itself. Maca has glucosinolates which are compounds that can positively affect fertility in both men and women by supporting hormone balance through stabilizing the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands.
- Pea Protein: This protein will benefit you in several ways. 1. It's hypoallergenic and easy to digest. It's unlikely to make you feel bloated or gassy and won't disrupt your hormones (like soy protein). It gets absorbed almost immediately within your body and put to use. 2. Pea protein is high in pantothenic acid (vitamin b5) which supports adrenal function. 3. One serving of pea protein contains 400 IU Vitamin D. Vitamin D effects the secretion of hormones from your parathyroid glands (in your neck) and pituitary gland (in your brain). A vitamin D deficiency can lead to a number of ailments and has a dramatic affect on hormone regulation/balance.
Prep time: 2-5 minutes | Total time: 5 minutes | Yields: 1 smoothie
- 1 handful of crushed ice or ice cubes
- 2-3 large handfuls of spinach or any mix of leafy greens
- 1 small- medium banana, peeled
- 1 small- medium green apple
- 1 cup unsweetened nut milk (we use almond or cashew)
- 1/2 an avocado
- 2 TBSP hormone balancing protein powder (or 1 TBSP maca root powder + 1 TBSP plant protein powder)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- If you have never tried maca root powder before, it has an earthy flavor to it. The fruit covers that up for the most part in the smoothie, but be prepared for a hint of bitterness or an earthy flavor!